.Wow. thanks everyone!
Here is what I did. it is unconventional but it worked for me b/c I don't have a lot of the equipment that others have. so, with that being said...don't laugh too hard.
~~That bird is a Cornish x. He and another escaped the commercial chicken farm truck and the farmer (who is our neighbor) gave them to me.
Here is what we did:
1. I made a killing cone out of a one gallon milk jug. cut the top and very bottom off. it may not look like much but it worked like a champ.
2. grab said rooster by the feet. It will take a few seconds for him to chill out and then I stuck him head first in the cone/jug. I had to grab his head and pull it through.
3. since the cone is a little flimsy I held the feet and the handle of milk carton/cone device. my DH had the hatchet and we just held it up against a stump. Very primitive but I didn't want to invest in all that fancy equipment. he wacked his head off and I kept holding it while he bled out over a bucket. it kept the flapping around down. it was more like a squirm.
4. I then used the step by step instructions that are in this link
I as you saw kept my bird whole, I didn't cut him up in pieces.
5. I don't have any of that equipment. I used a cooler to hold hot water that I boiled in the house, and a bucket with ice water in it. AND after plucking him I cleaned him in my kitchen at the sink. hand plucking was way easier than I thought. tedious but it worked. I also did most of the little feathers after I got him in the house.
It was a slow process but I don't think too bad for a first time.
I REALLY struggled with the crop/neck area. I just couldn't quit figure it out so I just cut the neck and throat and crop off at the same time. May not be right but it worked for me.